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Final Casting Announced For Cinderella

First Published 2 September 2016, Last Updated 7 September 2016

It has been announced today that the title role of Cinderella at this year’s star-studded London Palladium pantomime will be played by Natasha J Barnes.

Barnes is currently understudying and performing the role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre and has received rave reviews. Her previous theatre credits include American Idiot at the Arts Theatre, Chess at the Union Theatre and Snow White for the Old Vic and on tour.

Cinderella, the magical rags-to-riches fairytale, will be the first pantomime performed at the London Palladium in almost three decades and stars the previously announced Paul O’Grady as The Wicked Stepmother, Julian Clary as Dandini, and Amanda Holden as The Fairy Godmother.

Also announced this week is casting for The Wicked Stepsisters, who will be played by Suzie Chard and Wendy Somerville. Suzie Chard has recently appeared in Soho Cinders for Soho Theatre, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be for the Union Theatre. Wendy Somerville’s theatre credits include The Threepenny Opera for the National Theatre, Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre and the UK tour and West End production of Hairspray.

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